Re: Re[2]: [Cz-L] yiddish

From: Miriam Taylor <>
Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2008 22:51:02 -0400
To: Daniel Dubowy <>, Helene Spacek <>
Reply-to: Miriam Taylor <>

Miriam (Mimi) Taylor <>

Non-Jews who lived close to Jews, or worked for them,
spoke fluent Yiddish, just as Jews often spoke fluent Ruthenian.
It was very much a multilingual society.
Helen, If you want to know whether your grandfather was Jewish,
you could write to the archives in Chernivtsi and obtain a copy
of his birth certificate.

Birth certificates of the Austrian Period, contain information
 from which you might deduce the religion of your grandfather's parents.


> Pe data de Tue, 1 Jul 2008 10:41:58 -0700
> "Helene Spacek" <> scris-a:
>> My grandfather, Lorenz Kopecki, who came from Czernowitz, to Canada, in
>> 1911 or so, spoke fluent Yiddish and 12 other languages. He was a Brick
>> Mason and traveled all over Europe (while still living there). He was about
>> 26 years old when they left for Canada. We still don't know if he himself
>> was Jewish like his wife. So, I have a question. Would someone who is not
>> Jewish speak fluent Yiddish?
> Ummm... Colin Powell is known to be able to speak fluent Yiddish..
>> Helene Spacek

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